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witness to its greatness. in the first century b.c., the city of one million was master of the mediterranean world. rome's empire stretched from spain in the west to syria and egypt in the east. the roman elite were rich beyond measure. they ranged from the cunning and prudent julius caesar... to the intellectually inclined augustus... to cruel caligula, deviser of public spectacles that included murder .....to nero, who, it's said, kicked his wife to death for rebuking him. the upper classes were well educated, connected by kinship, business and political ties. wearied by the crowds and hectic pace of roman life, they pined for greater leisure and the chance it gave to contemplate the finer things of life. each spring, as the senate recessed, roman power brokers -- the patrician families, senators, and untold numbers of entrepreneurs made rich by roman dominance -turned to the bay of naples. over generations, they built lavish villas along the shoreline of campania. the villa pausilypon -a greek name meaning "the end of pain" -had a private theater for the pleasure of i
't it? but the musicians are trained to read that pattern. and then you get out of the city and you go up a country at nighttime and you're looking out a night when there's new moon, huh? the moon's on the other side and you look out and you see the milky way and you see all the stars and you see more stars than you can see when you're in the city. that's because the city lights, of course, light up the sky and the sky is reflecting light and only the brightest stars will show through, huh? but in the country, you see many, many, many. and sometimes you also are moved. you get that sort of emotional... all of a sudden you're connected, all of a sudden-- and you're not quite connected and you start to wonder and you wonder what is going on out there and then you realize there are more stars in the sky than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the world. honey, a lot of grains of sand, more stars. not in your visible view, but out beyond. and you wonder is there a pattern that dictates what those stars are doing, why they shine, how they move, how they relate to one another? an
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